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Silent Days, Silent Dreams

By: Allen Say

James Castle was born two months premature. He was deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read, or use sign language.Yet, today Castle's artwork hangs in major museums throughout the world.

ISBN: 9780545927611

JLG Release: Feb 2018


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Awards & Honors

2018 Schneider Family Book Awards Winner, Best Young Children’s Book
ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, All Ages
Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth, Arts
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Books of the Year, Picture Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
In this fascinating longform “imagined” biography about James Castle, author-illustrator Say plays with artistic and literary formats. Castle was born deaf and premature in Idaho, was considered to be autistic and dyslexic, and was abused and bullied for his inability to speak or read. He was discouraged from
[STARRED REVIEW]
In this fascinating longform “imagined” biography about James Castle, author-illustrator Say plays with artistic and literary formats. Castle was born deaf and premature in Idaho, was considered to be autistic and dyslexic, and was abused and bullied for his inability to speak or read. He was discouraged from creating art by his parents and principal, and had his art supplies confiscated and artworks destroyed many times, yet he still created a huge and compelling body of work. The biography is written from the perspective of Castle’s nephew, Bob Beach, and the back matter provides detailed information about the artist and Say’s connection to him. Say’s art, inspired by the many styles of James Castle, vibrates on the page in a variety of media, including matchsticks, shoe polish, liquid laundry bluing, and cardboard, and he even switched hands to imitate Castle. Just as Castle’s art leapt in styles and emotions, Say’s work shows the trials of a beleaguered and prolific artist. VERDICT A phenomenal and profoundly artistic and biographical work.—Lisa Nowlain, Nevada County Community Library, CA

Horn Book

Born in 1899, James Castle was a deaf, self-taught artist in Idaho who created prodigiously—and privately, until a gallery “discovered” him in his middle age. Say imagines a biography for Castle (told from the perspective of a nephew), painting him as a mute, solitary, bullied child and man whose hermetic representations of the wo Born in 1899, James Castle was a deaf, self-taught artist in Idaho who created prodigiously—and privately, until a gallery “discovered” him in his middle age. Say imagines a biography for Castle (told from the perspective of a nephew), painting him as a mute, solitary, bullied child and man whose hermetic representations of the world around him were extraordinary. The illustrations, copious and paneled in a variety of sizes, range from Say’s characteristic fine-lined watercolors to naive-style drawings on notebook paper to cardboard assemblages (made by Say’s wife) to intimate and emotive portraits created with “soot and spit,” a favorite medium of Castle’s. Many of the pictures are imitations of Castle’s own work, and this can cause some confusion, as on a page where realistic pencil sketches of four children sit atop more abstracted, Castle-style, pencil drawings of the same subjects. But it’s all Say—as is the choice of subject matter, the artist who is at once removed from and highly attuned to his surroundings. Appended material provides more information about Castle, Say’s techniques, and a bibliography; much of Castle’s own work can be viewed at jamescastle.com. roger sutton

Book Details

ISBN

9780545927611

First Release

February 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Page Count

64

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.6; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.2; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level 790L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Arthur A. Levine

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Disability, Language: Mild Language

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